Company says it can help farmers weather changes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- A company that uses massive amounts of data to develop hyper-local weather forecasts for farmers says it can help them prepare for increasingly wild weather swings.

The Kansas City Star reports Climate Corp. was purchased recently by St. Louis-based agricultural giant Monsanto for $1 billion and has an office in Leawood, Kan. Its forecasts include things like rain, soil conditions and wind speed using 40 years of national crop-yield statistics and weather readings from 10 million locations.

Many farmers are skeptical of the concept of global warming, though some say they will give the relatively new technology a look but won't base planting decisions solely on what the numbers say.

Monsanto says it foresees a $20 billion market for data-related agricultural planning, calling it the "next major growth frontier."

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